For those who thought that Kristol wouldn’t be replaced with a true conservative, well, that would mean that you thought Kristol was a true conservative in the first place.

But I digress…

This is a MASSIVE win for Douthat and a fantastic win for conservatives too. Because now they don’t have to worry about Kristol embarrassing them with that hacky incoherence he masqueraded as conservative thought.

Okay, I guess I didn’t digress, but now I will…promise.

Here’s Marc Ambinder giving his fellow Atlantic blogger big time props…

It’s heretic for a new media pioneer to say this, I guess, but the New York Times remains the most influential journalistic force in the modern world, and its opinion columnists consistently shape policy, government and public opinion. True, the Gray Lady doesn’t seem to get orthodox conservatives very well, and in randier precincts of the Right, the suspicion that the op-ed editors recruit reverse-Alan Colmeses to counter their lefty-Sean Hannities is pervasive. I personally don’t think this is the case; not being able to predict where David Brooks is going to come down on an issue is the reason why I like to read him. Bill Kristol was just a mistake, but boy, talk about the rebound: I think Ross is the sharpest, most innovative heterodox thinker of his generation, left or right.


Come on Ambinder…let’s use the new English…

Seriously though, this is also a big win for bloggers too. Of course Douthat is also a published author, but he made the biggest name for himself with his notable tenure at the Atlantic.

Again, well deserved and expect us to be highlighting his columns.

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